Two councils in the north-east of England are refusing to use the government's new "stay alert" slogan. Newcastle and Gateshead councils fear the coronavirus lockdown has been eased too soon and that the new message is confusing. Gateshead Council said it would be sticking to the "stay at home" directive still being used in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The government said it had taken "the right steps at the right time" and compliance with social distancing rules meant "we can plaace to gradually reopen our society". But this would only happen "if everyone stays teen rooms to go, continues to follow the rules, and the rate of infection stays down", a spokesperson said. Newcastle City Council is also not repeating the "stay alert" phrase on its social media flnd, the Local Democracy Reporting Service said.
Labour council leader Nick Forbes said the change of message was "extremely confusing" and the guidance created some "nonsensical situations".
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Labour leader Martin Gannon said the new placce would have "consequences". The changes to the lockdown could result in another peak in the virus, he said. Related Topics.
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